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FOX Business
Dec 31, 2012 9:20am EST
obama says he wants to protect the middle class. come tax time in april those families could owe more. this year. will anything be done to stop this from happening, a new story. let's go to diane macedo at the new york stock exchange, facebook higher why? >> that's right, stuart, so the fiscal cliff concerns continue. here at the nyse, spirits are high. one of the traders gave me the snazzy glasses and one of the reasons could be facebook. and bmo capital upgraded facebook from underperform to outperform and raised its price target to $32, up from $15. and steeple nicholas raised the price market to $31 up from $26 and looking at facebook shares up 2% this morning and seems like it could be a happy new year for facebook and either way, stuart get these on here, a happy new year to you. stuart: they look pretty good, got to say. >> match the dress. stuart: i heard a comment from the gentleman to your left. >> the gentleman who gave me the glasses, very happy with his donation here. stuart: is he selling those? >> no, free of charge, actually. >> hey, diane, thank you for being here. >>
FOX Business
Dec 31, 2012 4:00pm EST
for everybody and he will come in say, okay, i want to have the obama tax cuts for the middle class. no more will we hear about the bush tax cuts. from now on they will be the obama middle class tax cuts. do you believe that? >> well, don't forget the obama signed extension of these very tax cuts two years ago and said you don't raise taxes in the middle of a recession. we estimate a million small businesses will see their taxes go up. i can't find a single maul business owner that says if you raise my taxes i will hire more people. we should talk about growth and opportunity. there are three strikes against the plan as i see it. it will raise taxes. possibly put off any spending cuts. david: you're not answering the question. do you think the president, as a political tactic wants to go off the fiscal cliff so he can come in as a tax cutter? >> oh, i think he does. he wants more revenue. whether he wants to cut those taxes when he is done. when you're running 1.3 trillion dollar deficits you got to have more revenue if you're going to shrink that deficit. liz: gentlemen, why is it okay if g
CNBC
Dec 31, 2012 9:00am EST
? $1 trillion of obama care taxes begin in january. that's not even part of the fiscal cliff. that's in addition to the fiscal cliff. we're looking at an avalanche of regulations that were drawn up in the first four years of the obama administration, but then conveniently only beginning to be made public after the president's job was secure. his job is secure. now yours may not be, because hundreds of billions of dollars in regulatory costs are hitting the economy. look at what epa and others are doing. >> right. but grover, speaking of magicianship, you appear to be doing that right now. it looks like rates will increase. that technically is not a good thing for you and your pledge. >> it's a very bad thing for the economy, because what they're talking about is some -- allowing the rates to go back up, not just back up. remember, we go back -- the bush tax cuts disappear and you add the obama care tax increases. so they're taking the top rate not to 39.6, but to 43.4 for half of all small business income in the country. and people at high income earners of the united states. add t
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 10:00am PST
taxes from 35% up to 43.6% because you have to add both the obama care tax that's coming and the tax -- the disappearing bush tax increase. >> right. >> and this hits primarily, as you know, small business owners and people who file subchapter-s corporations. >> not primarily. it hits some of those people. >> well, over half of all the small business income that gets -- ends up paying this higher rate, if you do it, and the last time we did this, more than two-thirds of the people who got hit were the subchapter-s corporation. i think it would have a very significant effect. but mostly the other effect it has is that we're not cutting spending because we're spending too much money. and that sends a very bad signal. if we're not going to do entitlement reform, because every time we talk about it obama says, no, let's raise taxes instead, now we're dealing with tens of trillions of dollars of unfunded liabilities that were not -- for four years obama's done nothing on entitlement reform. nothing, nothing, nothing, for four years. a lot of golf. nothing on entitlement reform. what has h
CNBC
Dec 28, 2012 4:00pm EST
, obama says my plan is that if you make less than $200,000 you'll see no income tax increase next year, so obama's new commitment is only the income tax, only for one year. >> right. >> and, of course, we're all paying higher taxes in january because of obama care. >> okay. >> taxes on capital gains. >> let me ask you this though, grover. i can imagine you wear it as a badge of honor to this the senate majority leader on the floor of the senate invoking your name in frustration because there are people on the republican side who are, you know, following your -- your lead to not raise taxes, but let's face it. you were in -- you were imposing this no higher tax in a different era, at a different time, in a different part of the economic cycle. aren't we at a point now economically where there has to be some mechanism of revenue raising to try and solve the debt crisis? yes, i know you're going to talk about spending cuts. that's important as well, but you've got to balance the budget in some way, and it's got to include some form of a tax increase, not just on million dollar earners, ag
CNBC
Dec 28, 2012 6:00am EST
. let's write a new book. by the way, those are now going to be called the obama tax cuts. i'm calling it first. the obama tax cuts. he's going to write a tax cut bill, send it up to the hill, and they're going to pass it. >> expires on january 2nd. >> do we make them permanent, jimmy? 98% of them will be made permanent? >> i hope not. that is not the job of the government. the government's job is to raise taxes and to lower taxes when our economy needs it. that's what the senate does. john breaux, former senator john breaux from louisiana sat on the floor during the 2001 tax bill and said our job is to raise taxes when they need to be raised and lower them when they need to be lowered. that's the senate and the house's job. >> but, one man's -- is another man's -- if you look at the laugher curve you don't know when to raise and when to lower at this point. >> president obama kept bush's taxes in for two years. >> i know. >> but suddenly, you know, democrats like you love the 98%, and you hate the 2%. it's very weird. >> tell him, joe. >> don't hate the 2%. i'm not a self-loathing hat
CNBC
Dec 27, 2012 5:00pm EST
, doesn't it make sense for each party to go over? because then obama gets the tax increase that he wanted, right? the republicans aren't seen by their constituency of giving into the tax increase and then they start from there, anew, and you can bring it down to the middle class tax cut. so, why isn't that the way it's going to be playing out and the meeting by the house on sunday, just optic. obama coming back, just optics. >> well, like i said a couple of minutes ago, it's the relief rally versus the negative impact of the fiscal cliff. in other words, the recession their forces in the cliff, so, you picture two, like a sea change. the relief rally where it's going to happen, when we get a deal. then you have the recession their forces of the cliff right after that, so, you can see those two forces. i've been looking -- >> stocks can trade up during a recession. not when you're going into it. as you see going out of it. >> but it's still $130 billion of new taxes that are hitting the economy. maybe 150. i'm looking at two-month vices future versus the eight-month and i've been tracking
CNBC
Dec 31, 2012 3:00pm EST
piece, the sequestration and don't forget obama care taxes, all of those were things signed by the president. clearly he wanted this scenario, or he wouldn't have signed those pieces of legislation. >> i would like to push a bit more on bill's previous question about tax hikes. because if i'm not wrong and do correct me if i'm wrong, you have said before that you would not vote for the elimination of a tax cut for those making over 45 450k. that is what's on the table now. would you change your mind on that? >> i'm not going to fore close any possibility until i see what is really offered. but let's be honest. from the face of it, it looks like raises taxes in order to spend more money and get us into a deeper hole than we've been in already. this president is going to be sworn in for his second term in a couple of weeks. you guys are going to cover that. the national debt at that point will be over $16 trillion. when the next president is sworn in, that national debt will be over $22 trillion. there's your problem, ladies and gentlemen. that is our problem. >> thank you ver
CNBC
Dec 28, 2012 7:00pm EST
the absence of spending cuts on president obama and they know the taxes will go up anyway regardless of what they do if they don't pass anything and they would make the argument they would limit the tax cut and speaker boehner has made the same argument. >> thank you so much. we want to show people what is going on with the after markets because even though john says people are optimistic the markets are not optimistic. right now if the dow jones industrial average were to open at this moment it would be down 315 points. that's a reflection of the futures trading that happens in the after-hours. we'll see how asia opens on monday and right now the markets do not like what they see. they are not optimistic at this point and maybe if a mini deal gets done, a mini deal is not enough to deal with what the country faces. after all of this time the president still wants congress to come up with a plan instead of assuming the leadership mantle himself. let's talk to a member of congress about that. james langford serves in the house budget committee and he joins me now. sir, have you conceded you'r
CNBC
Dec 31, 2012 7:00pm EST
are going to go up next year also. >> maybe. >> taxes. >> president obama has never said anyone of those thing. >> happy new year. thank you very much. thank you very much. appreciate it. the night continues head over to cnbc.com for the latest. happy new year everybody and all of 2012. excuse me, sir i'm gonna have to ask you to power down your little word game. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it's actually my geico app...see? ...i just uh paid my bill. did you really? from the plane? yeah, i can manage my policy, get roadside assistance, pretty much access geico 24/7. sounds a little too good to be true sir. i'll believe that when pigs fly. ok, did she seriously just say that? geico. just click away with our free mobile app. [ male announcer ] how could switchgrass in argentina, change engineering in dubai, aluminum production in south africa, and the aerospace industry in the u.s.? at t. rowe price, we understand the connections of a complex, global economy. it's just one reason over 75% of our mutual funds beat their 10-year lipper average. t. rowe price. invest with con
FOX Business
Dec 28, 2012 4:00pm EST
obama offered what he detailed in the speech a week ago keeping tax rates where they are for families earning less than $250,000 a year, extending long term unemployment insurance policy, and that bit of detail he gave a week ago in a speech is basically derived from the larger deficit proposal offered over, really, the last couple years as president of the united states. we're waiting whether or not in the meeting, lasting an hour at the white house, started at 3:10, is whether or not they made progress towards changing that proposal in a fashion to pass the house of representatives or make it viable for some senate republicans to join with that. the president, the administration officials say they offered the proposal as a way to get republicans to come back with something else, they say. if not, the president wants this plan to be voted on in the house and to be voted on in the senate. this proposal is unlikely, would be making it through the house unless there's progress made off the president's opening offer, a very old offer, then we're in trouble. back to you david: that's why
CNBC
Dec 26, 2012 12:00pm EST
's supporting the coaches and tiffanys of this world, i'm going to look at a 3.8% tax increase thanks to obama care, another 4.6 tax increase if nothing happens and probably even if something does happen, and on top of that you have state tax increases as well. you add all of that up, if you're at the higher end you'll be cutting back some because somebody's got to give. >> you're saying the luxury retailers are the ones that we need to watch, those are the stocks that might take the biggest hit in this whole thing? >> again, it's a company-to-company thing. if you have a big business servicing tourists and tourists are doing well from asia and the arab world, maybe you'll be okay. but if you have a generalized -- yeah, i think the high end is going to be pressed and as you saw this holiday season, it appears that those people offering value did somewhat better. those people are selling consumable products did better than those selling durable products in general. >> what are your best picks? you're managing this fund. where would you put your money? the phone thing is, you know, i mention all
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 2:00pm PST
republicans may believe, as steve said that raising taxes on people over 250 is a mistake, president obama ran very clearly on doing exactly that, won 51% of the vote, 332 electoral college votes, we are probably going to get there the question how much crockery do we break along the way? >> ron that's fine. let's be fair here. we have been negotiating this six weeks, since the election. the president, when i talk to my republican sources say, look, the president hasn't put anything serious on the table still on spending cuts, ron. i think that's, you're right urkts bo, both sides have to give a little bit here, i haven't seen much give on the democrats' side of the aisle here. >> the inability to comp prom my keith stone to democrat circumstance todd, why don't you weigh in on this. what is your feelings with what has to be dealt with by not just this congress but 1913th congress, numerology could worry you a little bit. >> stephen hit the nail on the head, talk about the spending cuts, that actually is not even in existence right now you right now you the top line issue has been about tax re
CNBC
Dec 26, 2012 6:00am EST
. >> right. do you macro look at the obama care taxes as being a headwind? >> sure. it's 3.8% on not marginal income tax rates. it's unearned income. but whether it's medical device tax, a question i was going to have for les is whether he sees any delays. do you see any delays in any of the implementations of these. obviously whether it's in minnesota with respect to the medical device tax, senators are talking about delaying implementation until they study this further. do you see that happening? >> seems unlikely. i mean, i know as an ex-minnesotan that they would love to see this tax go away. i'm not sure that that's in the cards. i think it's a fait accompli. it will take longer than people think leading to chaos. in 2014, states that don't expand to medicaid, it's going to leave people in the hole in 2014. i'm not sure how these people will afford insurance without the subsidies. that's 2014, we'll come back next year and worry about that. >> pharma tech has nothing to do with obama care. >> absolutely not. that's why it's done well, between drugs and interest rates. >> so it had nothin
FOX Business
Dec 26, 2012 9:20am EST
to not raise tax rates. now president obama is ready to fall off the cliff to bring in more money for the government. joining us now is doug schoen. doug, i've got to ask you directly because you hear a lot of this off the cliff stuff. specifically what would happen? what would happen to the private sector? what would happen to the government if we go off the fiscal cliff? >> sure, well, it's anyone's guess, but i think we will see economic activity slow down, david. i think we're going to see with the certainty of tax rates raising on all of us, that people contract their economic activity and given the cbo estimate, if we go into a recession, i think it will be cataclysmic for the american economy. david: specifically with the government, i remember during the clinton years when we had that debt ceiling thing that we went off of and that the government shut down -- would we see a shutdown in certain government agencies if we go off the cliff? >> i'm not sure we're going to see a shutdown, but we will certainly see a lot less economic activity, and particularly in the military se
FOX
Dec 27, 2012 4:00am PST
computers, forcing a delay in filings and tax refunds until march of 2013. president obama and members of congress are set to return for one day more of talks to avert spending cuts at the same time tax cuts expire. one alternative being floated - congress may let income taxes go up on everyone one tick past the stroke of midnight, then quickly vote to decrease tax rates for most americans back to 2012 levels. meanwhile, starbucks ceo howard schultz wants his employees to send a message and scrall, "come together," on cups for drink orders in the d.c. area. it's the first time employees have been asked to write anything other than customers' names on cups. former members of a regulatory agency are walking the well worn path from washington to wall street. since june, 9 members of the commodity futures trading commission have taken jobs at financial firms including jpmorgan chase and japanese investment bank nomura, according to the wall street journal. members of the cftc have been making the transition to help firms intepret changes under the dodd- frank reforms passed in 2010. critic
CNBC
Dec 31, 2012 1:00pm EST
and putting a tax rate starting at $450,000 in context, the obama plan was to have the top rate at 36.4% starting at $400,000. it sounds like a major cave-in by democrats but is not nearly as great when you get into the details. >> is it possible to 1e sell it to the house. >> it remains to be seen if house republicans will bite on it. they know they have the leverage with regard to the debt ceiling but the question is, if they can't get plan b through are they willing to do even lower? thus far we vpt seen outside pressure indicating that's possible. >> if you were a betting man though, what do you think this would play out? the president is coming out in less than 15 minutes. >> i think we will see some deal cobble together before january 3rd. that will reserve a lot of questions on taxes but not on broader questions about spending. leaving a lot of uncertainty to linger from months on end possibly until march. while we should rejoice having a deal we shouldn't necessarily assume that everything is fixed. >> how does this influence debt ceiling talks? >> well, it limits democrats le
CNBC
Dec 24, 2012 6:00am EST
for. payroll tax, that's $160 million. we have obama care taxes. we know those are going through. >> the payroll tax number going up again? >> payroll tax, i think they're not going to extend it. so that goes up -- >> sooner or later they have to go up. >> that's $160 billion -- >> don't we need that money? >> funding social security. so it's very likely that that tax cut will not be extended into the new year. so there's a chance you have a mild recession, even in real terms, in the first half of next year. the good news, i think, my big prediction, i've had for awhile for whatever it's worth, i think we're developing a new nifty 50 in this country of very, very strong companies that are almost bond proxies. and i know a lot of people think they're expensive, but there's no other alternative. there's no other place to go. >> is the market priced appropriately for your estimation -- >> no, i don't think. >> for the first half of 2013. >> if you look at bottom of analyst estimates for 2013 they're still using 113, 114 for operating earnings, an 11% increase. that's with profit mar
FOX Business
Dec 26, 2012 4:00pm EST
close in a couple of minutes. iq. president obama cutting his trip going back to d.c. as the clock ticks away for the tax hikes for all of us. speaker john boehner plan failed in the house. coming up next is off to d.c. for what plans they may look like. shibani: and all of these weather delays going on in spying airline stocks instead. we have an analyst with his winners and losers predictions for next year. coming up. [ indistinct shouting ] ♪ [ indistinct shouting ] [ male announcer ] time and sales data. split-second stats. [ indistinct shouting ] ♪ it's so close to the options floor... [ indistinct shouting, bell dinging ] ...you'll bust ur brain box. ♪ all onhinkorswim from td ameritrade. ♪ from td ameritrade. i played a round of golf.id in the last five hours? then i read a book while teaching myself how to play guitar; ran ten miles while knitting myself a sweater; jumped out of a plane. finally, i became a ping pong master while recording my debut album. how you ask? with 5-hour energy. i get hours energy now -- no crash later. wait to sethe next five hours. shibani: sh
CNBC
Dec 31, 2012 5:00pm EST
,000 level president obama said is where tax increases should start. >> in your view, could any of these sticking points be deal breakers? >> ah, yes. i think it's possible that they could be deal breakers. i don't think they will be, in the end. but there's serious disagreements. both sides are really digging in on the sequester cuts. that's a hard thing for republicans to come out, saying we're voting to raise taxes but we're not voting for spending cuts. democrats are saying, well, you're not raising taxes that much. in fact, way below what the president asked for and what speaker boehner offered in determines of additional tax revenue. i would expect they would get over that later tonight, but we don't know that for sure. and i do think, melissa, that going over the december 31st at midnight deadline has the potential for changing the dynamic a little bit, taking a little bitle of the urgency out of negotiations, especially for democrats, some of whom have felt, well, going over the cliff, we'll be in a stronger position. that's something to watch. >> john, keep us posted on
FOX News
Dec 31, 2012 4:00pm PST
at midnight. economists have been warning us the combination of tax hikes and spending cuts could cause another recession. now, president obama and the senate republican leaders say they are close to a deal to prevent tax hikes on the middle class. the trouble is, the house has gone home and won't be voting on anything tonight. >> for now, our most immediate priority is to stop taxes going up for middle class families starting tomorrow. i think that is a modest goal that we can accomplish. >> we all want to protect taxpayers, and we can get it done now. right now. >> trace: officials tell fox news agreement would let tax cuts expire on $450,000 instead of the president's cut off $250,000. extend unemployment benefits for another year it does not include any new spending cuts. of course, that's the other big issue in this fiscal cliff standoff. we have team fox coverage. mike emanuel is live on capitol hill. but first to ed henry at the white house. ed, it looks as if we are taking the plunge. >> it does, trace. but what i think the white house is hoping here tonight is that lawmakers ar
FOX Business
Dec 31, 2012 11:00am EST
some sort of tax reform. he is not the first president to be really bad with this. george bush had a republican congress and he was quite terrible. it was basically his way or the highway. with obama, he has had an attitude of i would just stand back and let the democratic congress do their will. we have this republican congress now, since the 2010 election, he has not done much to reach out or work with them. dagen: is that kind of attitude, how will that get in the way of getting anything done, particularly today? >> well, yeah, obviously, if people are trying to vote on a deal that includes a tax increase, they should just keep the rates down for people in the rest of the brackets and let obama have his, you know, you do not have to vote for a tax increase. it happens with or without you. you do not have to vote for a tax increase in that way. obama has something to worry about here, by the way. the republicans could even lose the next election because of this. he will have to live with this in the history books. dagen: reelection or legacy? great to speak with you, david. happy
CNBC
Dec 27, 2012 1:00pm EST
because of surcharges on medicare and a payroll tax surcharge because of obama care, am i right on that? >> you're right. if you look at it, incomes are really going to go back to where they were during the meltdown. the american economy will not have moved forward for many households. >> and the payroll tax holiday will end automatically. an immediate 2% cut to disposable take home pay. thank you, michelle? >> you say sequester, i say sequester. let's call it all off. >> the dow is trying to hold onto the 13,000 level. let's see if it can hold by 113 points. 13.79 as it grows increasingly clear that they may not, probably cannot get it done. hamilt hampton pearson is here. >> we're down to, if you will, coffee cup politics. two simple words, rise above, on coffee cups and on cups of coffee at all 120 starbucks locations here in the washington area urging lawmakers and the white house to do something with these final days to get some sort of deal. about 500 cups of coffee on what is arguably a slow day just to get that message out, and what we're really finding in talking and spending a
CNBC
Dec 24, 2012 5:00am EST
. >>> the deadline to avoid the fiscal cliff is just a week ago. on fri, president obama said he still hoped to work out a deal to keep taxes for 98% of americans from going up on the first of january. but both sides aren't talking and congress is in recess until after christmas. republicans aren't holding out any hope for a deal. >> i would hope that we would have one last attempt here to do what everyone knows needs to be done, which is a larger plan that really does stabilize the debt and get us moving in the right direction. >> if we get down to the end of this year and the oil only choice we have is to save taxes going up on the middle class, then i would support that. but i wish we had a comprehensive bill that dealt with spending and entitlement altogether. >> i believe the president senses a victory at the bottom of the cliff. >> some finger pointing. other republicans are now looking past new year's day to the next battleground. >> i will raise the debt ceiling only if we save medicare and social security and prevent this country from becoming greece. no more borrowing without addressing wh
CNBC
Dec 24, 2012 12:00pm EST
with the obama white house. >> the president's statement is right. no one wants taxes to go up on the middle class. i don't want them to go up on anybody. i'm not in the majority of the united states senate. he is the president of the united states. >> when i listen to the president i think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. i think he sees a political victory at the bottom of the cliff. he gets all this additional tax revenue for new programs. he gets to cut the military which democrats have been calling for for years. and he gets to blame republicans for it. >> as a practical matter it's already too late for employers to accurately withhold taxes from january paychecks unless there is no change. so workers will feel immediately that 2% hike in the social security tax in those first january pay checks. bill? >> hampton, good to see you. merry christmas. we'll see you later. >> merry christmas to you. >> our next guest says he is unlikely to support any deal the president and speaker can come up with. republican senator joe walsh from illinois joins us right
FOX Business
Dec 28, 2012 1:00pm EST
boehner and president obama talked about, that they address things like alternative minimum tax, and put together a deal that we either try to pass before the end of the year or get agreement to come back right after the first of the year and pass it through both houses. adam: the numbers were something like the president at one point was willing to raise his baht -- bottom line to 400,000. if that's the deal, can you guys, can the men and women in our political leadership pass something before midnight, december 31? >> well, i think so. i mean, and you're going exactly the right direction. if you take what's been put on the table, you got the senate bill, you got the house bill, and you got what president obama and speaker boehner talked about, somewhere in the middle, i think, is a deal we could pass before year end, and as you say, it would be in the $400,000 to $500,000 range, but there has to be a commitment any revenue generated goes to savings, and not more spending. that's the other part of the equation that the president has to step up on to get a deal. adam: senator, we'll have
FOX Business
Dec 31, 2012 1:00pm EST
am shibani joshi. ashley: and i and ashley webster. fiscal cliff talks are stalling. tax hikes and spending cuts. president obama said to speak in about 30 minutes from now. shibani: stocks are holding their ground. waiting for some sort of news out of washington. the dow sitting at session highs. at least we are closing. ashley: it changes with every headline. the world ringing in the new year. new zealand, australia, japan, china, we will get a sneak preview of celebrations being planned as times square gets prepared for 1 million visitors. it is a complete nightmare. [ laughter ] ashley: time now for stocks now as we do every 15 minutes. we are up 51 points. not too bad on this last trading day of the year. >> that is right. the dow has been pretty flat. going back and forth between the red and green. the nasdaq is up 30. same goes for the s&p stock of about nine points. we are also watching a settlement between u.s. regulators and about a dozen banks. sources tell the "new york times" that 14 banks include tank of america, wells fargo and jpmorgan chase. we are taking a loo
CNBC
Dec 31, 2012 4:00am EST
connell focus on extending middle class tax breaks and renewing unemployment benefits. president obama says the u.s. markets and economy will suffer if congress fails to act. and here is what the major players had to say at least publicly this weekend. >> if you look at projections of 2013, people generally felt that the economy would continue to grow, unemployment would continue to tick down, housing would continue to improve, but what's been holding us back is the dysfunction here in washington. >> the sticking point appears to be a willingness, and interest or frankly, the courage to close the deal. >> i will say this. i think that the republican leader has shown absolutely good faith. it's just that we are apart on some pretty big issues. >> i want everyone to know i'm willing to get this done. but i need a dance partner. >> mitch mcconnell, who you just heard from there, is trying to enlist vice president joe biden in the fiscal cliff talks. in the absence of a deal, senator reid is prepared to hold a bill on the president's backup plan. and as all of this goes back and forth, here is
CNBC
Dec 28, 2012 1:00pm EST
for sort of a shorter term emergency kind of a deal. with that in mind, let me lay out what barack obama could propose in this meeting today if he lays something out. it would start with extending the tax cuts for those under 250, maybe 400 as some have said and up to $500,000. unemployment extenders for those on unemployment who face that being turned off at the end of the year. a medicare doc fix as they call it and a turnoff of the sequester in exchange for some larger spending cuts tpd. that is the outline of what a small deal could look like. guys, we don't have a whole lot of information on what's going to happen in that meeting. i should also mention that joe biden, the vice president, will be in there. of course, he led some of the early talks and they were all about trying to avoid this problem a year or more ago. those got nowhere. the talks over the summer got nowhere and so far the talks that are going on now have gotten nowhere as well, michelle. >> eamon, the last two things that you talked about, the doc fix for medicare, you don't cut what you pay doctors for medicare. >>
CNBC
Dec 26, 2012 3:00pm EST
to a close, the head of aetna is back with us winding up for higher taxes in 2013 thanks to obama care. wait until you hear how high he thinks they could go. you're watching cnbc, first in business worldwide. stamps.com is the best. i don't have to leave my desk and get up and go to the post office anymore. [ male announcer ] with stamps.com you can print real u.s. postage for all your letters and packages. i have exactly the amount of postage i need, the instant i need it. can you print only stamps? no... first class. priority mail. certified. international. and the mail man picks it up. i don't leave the shop anymore. [ male announcer ] get a 4 week trial plus $100 in extras including postage and a digital scale. go to stamps.com/tv and never go to the post office again. >>> well, we're getting numbers in. turns out retailers saw the weakest holiday season since 2008 hurt by bad weather and more uncertainty about the rising tax increases that could come next year. we're wondering if the concerns will continue to keep shoppers from spending into 2013. >> let's ask our guests. ladies, thanks
CNBC
Dec 31, 2012 6:00am EST
's your ask of obama. he's told you what taxes he wants to raise. >> i've got a whole list of them. i mean, certainly starting with chain cpi, but the age, the copay, means testing. >> he's agreed to that. >> betting on competitive situation in between medicare manage and deeper service without any cap i mean it adds up to about a trillion dollars. and when you have a situation where americans are paying one-third of the cost of medicare, i don't think people realize that, but literally people are paying one-third of the cost of medicare, we have 20 million more americans coming on medicare over the next decade, i mean it's a time bomb. >> i agree with you it's a time bomb. but remember that the -- the standing document for republican boldness is the ryan budget. you get credit for that. he did not have ten-year savings on medicare and social security. >> and i do. i think we obviously need to be much bolder than the budget you're talking about. because otherwise as you mentioned, if you're going to protect everybody that's 55 and older, there are no savings over the next ten years. >> tha
CNBC
Dec 24, 2012 9:00am EST
looks like. the one on the table is still the old plan a. president obama's offer to raise taxes on the top 2%, restore the bush era tax cuts for the rest of us. yes there is talk about putting in spending cuts, raising medicare eligibility and changing the inflation measure for social security but that is still the one on the table. then there is the alternatives. the house passing that existing senate bill that's out there that would raise taxes on the top 2%. that doesn't include sequestration though. sequestration could happen so they have to either let it happen or insert some kind of stop-gap in there. the other one of course is just literally to extend everything for another month. extend all the cuts to the end of january and simply delay sequestration and of course that is the least desirable but that may be in fact the one that happens right now. let's move on and show you the market is still not very worried about it. the five-month high on an intraday basis on friday but still staying within that trading range that has been in for a while now. not really busting out a
CNBC
Dec 27, 2012 6:00am EST
we get past this impasse? i think president obama's made some concessions already on the revenue number from $1.6 trillion to $1.2 trillion. on the threshold for taxes from $250,000 to $400,000. and indicated some flexibility on corporate taxes and other issues and c.o.l.a.s for medicare. so i think that there's some room here if we can just get the gop to make the movement on their side. they can't even get boehner to get agreement with plan "b" over there. i don't know what's going to happen. >> you wouldn't have done anything with plan "b." susan i was just talking to john kanas about the republicans just -- they can't win for losing here, they're like boxed into a corner. they're going to get blamed for something that maybe the other side was willing to do all along, and the republicans are going to be the one getting blamed and i don't think people are even going to realize that they're being had. >> they certainly fumbled the ball. and the fact is is that they did have an opportunity to really look like they were going to become the party of yes. and they at some point they
CNBC
Dec 27, 2012 4:00pm EST
. the bush era tax cuts will expire at the end of this year. obama was elected with a surplus of about 3 million votes. he won the election. he campaigned on this issue. again, the speaker can't take yes for an answer. the president has presented to him something that would prevent us from going over the cliff. it was in response to something the speaker gave to the president himself, but, again, i guess with the dysfunctional republican caucus in the house even the speaker can't tell what he's going to do because he backed off even his own proposal. mr. president, the house, we hear this so often, is controlled by the reap warnings and we acknowledge that. i would be most happy to move forward on something that senator mcconnell said they wouldn't filibuster over here that he would support and that boehner would support, if it were reasonable, but right now we haven't heard anything. i don't know, and it's none of my business, i guess, although i am very serious, if the speaker and the majority leader, the republican leader over here are even talking. i mean, what's going on here? mr. p
FOX Business
Dec 27, 2012 9:20am EST
a stand. every single republican, republican ran for office on the pledge to hold the line on taxes and cut spending. that is what they're are bound to do. barack obama ran also on that. he said he would restore fiscal responsibility and do something about the spending. this is a guy who was giving us trillion dollar deficits, both sides are being decided, and start talking about this. stuart: what is the media doing? >> typically cobbling barack obama. this guy is filing his nails while the republicans twist themselves into knots. the media are giving obama a complete pass on this one and not holding his feet to the fire on anything and keeping the gun fire on the republicans at all times. the media have been just about as silent as anyone else. all the media accept for stuart varney. stuart: flattery is the fondest milk in television. i have a prediction from you. i personally think there will be some kind of awful last-minute deal, tax the rich, don't cut spending, ignore the debt. i think that will happen. what is your prediction? >> i will put my kids and your prediction. repub
CNBC
Dec 26, 2012 5:00pm EST
of the tax cuts, before january 1st, but we haven't seen any progress on it yet. president obama is coming back early as you mentioned, from his vacation in hawaii, but a senior white house official tells me they have seen no signs yet of progress toward a deal, so, everybody is going to have to wait for a couple of days. >> so, there's no indication at this point that there are any scheduled meetings tomorrow or anything to that effect, press conferences, news conferences to update the american people on what is going on in d.c.? >> everybody's got telephones, so, there's doubtless conversations going on. senate doesn't get back until late tomorrow. president gets back late tomorrow. the house is not back, but all of the leadership types, all the important players in any potential resolution of this are going to be in contact with one another and the likelihood that they will be in contact increases with every passing hour. >> john, stick around. i want to bring in anthony, who is on the desk here tonight. he was on the finance committee for mitt romney in his presidential bid. and what y
CNBC
Dec 27, 2012 2:00pm EST
. >> see how it all goes. >> taxes are going to go up anyway because of the medicare surcharges and so forth on investment. >> obama care, we're going to feel all kinds of effect. >> that will do it for today's edition of "power lunch", folks. >> street stiens begins right now so don't move. >>> free speech and stocks sink. a senate leader says the cliff is coming. we've got your cliff jumping playbook ahead. >>> housing has been all hoping lately helped by the fha in part or has it? your guess says the agency is hurting working class families. >>> plus, some incredible stats on amazon.com sales over the holiday season and we will unveil which retail stock has been higher every first quarter for the past nine years. the name, mandy, sure to amaze. >>> indeed. our mystery chart of the day. thanks a lot, harry reid. with today's losses we have wiped out december's gains on the stock market. today, also by the way, takes the very dubious prize of being the worst day of december for all three averages and the worst day since november the 14th. we are now down on the stock market for the fo
CNBC
Dec 28, 2012 9:00am EST
million and the tax rate goes to 55%. the capital gains tax rate, of course, is expected to increase from 20 to 30%. there's brand-new 3.9% medicare tax on high wage earners and a tax for wealthy donations. primarily between house republicans and the obama white house in the senate. but a survey done by northern trust of high net worth individuals' priorities found 44% saying their top priority for the country is economic growth and reducing unemployment versus 19% for reducing the federal budget deficit. another 15% said they wanted to see an end to gridlock. good luck. now, as far as their own wealth preservation strategies. that same survey found high net worth persons, those with $5 million or more in assets, obviously much more proactive in anticipating the tax consequences of going over the cliff than those with $1 million or less in assets. simon? >> okay, hampton, busy days. hampton pearson there in washington. straight ahead, a looming port strike that could cost the u.s. economy billions of dollars. the mayor of houston will join us live to tell us how this strike will affect he
FOX Business
Dec 24, 2012 11:00am EST
and president obama. dennis: i thought all along that the republicans would look horrible. now, i'm wondering if it is switching the other way. a family earning only $20,000 a year will see that their tax refund gets cut in half if we go off the cliff. >> i think you are right. especially since we have not had the follow-through, dennis. what is the reason for all of this? where are we heading? the president, nor the republicans have answered that question. dennis: thank you for being with us. dagen: chicago mayor is renewing a plan to privatize the cities i second biggest airport. jeff: this was the world's busiest airport from 1948 to 1961. now it is just three big airlines that call this home. southwest, frontier and delta. it is still a huge cash generator for the city. he famously had a deal to privatize the city's parking meters and the problem is, they took all the money they had and spent it already. mayor manuel is under some scrutiny. as i said, both are choosing to do so. the problem is, if you get that money up front and then you spend it, not such a hot deal. they had a $2.5 bill
FOX
Dec 24, 2012 7:00am PST
from the fiscal cliff. talks to try to prevent automatic tax hikes and spending cuts won't resume until thursday. andrew spencer has the very latest. >> reporter: some republican lawmakers says president obama wants the country to fall off the fiscal cliff. >> we were gonna go over the cliff before. we are gonna now because that's what the president wants. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner failed to get enough vote for his plan b on thursday. that would have raised taxes on people making more than a million dollars a year. on friday, they left town with no deal. >> i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevent as tax hike on middle-class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> raising taxes could still be red ink as far as i can see and it would hurt jobs. >> reporter: some long-time lawmakers are dismayed by the perpetual gridlock. >> i feel it's more likely we'll go over the cliff than not and if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal
PBS
Dec 27, 2012 4:30pm PST
an estimated $11 billion in state and local taxes annually. but losses from any strike will be felt far beyond the coast, with industries as diverse as agriculture, manufacturing and retail taking a hit. that's got the national retail federation urging president obama to intervene: >> the ports are a critical component to the u.s. global supply chain and a potential strike or shutdown to the ports not only impacts retailers but all other businesses who rely on the ports to move the nation's commerce. >> reporter: the sticking point in negotiations: a decades old law, called the container royalty fund. it was established in the 1960s to help dockworkers displaced by technology, the port alliance says these days those royalties serve as a bonus to workers, not a safety net. but the union disagrees saying the payments still help compensate workers for lost job opportunities. florida is home to almost a third of the ports that would be affected by the potential strike, governor rick scott says he's still thinks a deal will be reached, but if it doesn't he's counting on washington to step in. allis
FOX Business
Dec 23, 2012 8:00pm EST
republicans and the far left in mr. obama's party. the president met with senate majority leader harry reid this afternoon and talked with speaker boehner to begin anew that eort to reach compromise. >> averting this middle-class tax hike is not a democratic responsibility or republican responsibility. with their foes the american people have determined that governing is a shared responsibility between both parties in this congress laws can only pass with support from democrats and republicans, and that means nobody gets 100 percent of what they want. lou: there are only ten days remaining to the fiscal cliff. president obama headed to value within actually minutes, and members of congress have also gone home for chrrstmas vacation already. in a news conference today, speaker boehner admitted negotiations with the president have, indeed, been difficult. >> until the president on monday, these are my bottom lines. the president told me that his numbs, $1 trillion in new revenues, 850 billion in spending cuts was his bottom-line. he could not go any further. lou: and he didn't. the plan be op
CNBC
Dec 28, 2012 4:00am EST
be able to put aside their differences and hammer out a deal to stave off most big tax hikes for the most americans? we'll head to washington next. >>> welcome back to "worldwide exchange." >> president obama calls congressional leaders to the white house in what could be the last chance to restart talks before the u.s. falls off the fiscal cliff next week. >>> a lackluster trading week of the year, but european equity markets are setd to post double digit earns for 2012. >>> and italy sold 6 billion ur he rows of longer dated paper. >>> and japan says other countries have no right to lecture japan on its currency policy. instead, calling for the u.s. to seek a stronger dollar. >>> let's check in on futures again and see if i can get the math right this time. dow jones industrial is poised to shed about 50 points at the open. similar declines with the nasdaq and the s&p 500. this would continue a string of lows which we've seen over the last four trading sessions. better than 2% of a drop for the nasdaq, which is also down about .8% for the month of december. so not much of a santa rally
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 3:00pm PST
. >> and when john boehner came up with what i kept seeing the pictures of john boehner and president obama sitting together and very good picture and they are both good guys to come up with a plan, and john boehner came up with a plan that democrats would not enjoy the idea that taxes going up on people earning more than $1 million a year and not acceptable for most people, but he could not get members of his own caucus to agree to it, so it is not fair for the republicans to somehow suggest that we are here because of the democrats. i am not saying that the democrats had nothing to do with it, but you can't get your own act together, and the republicans and the democrats in the house can't get their act together. >> well, we are here as inaction, and here is the deal on that, and what the president wanted to do was to generate enough revenue to cover government for agent eight days, seven or eight days and what do you do with the other 350-plus days leftover? you cannot continue to run trillion dollar deficits every year, because we are already at $16 trillion in debt. what we have is a d
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 6:00am PST
. >> lots of democrats have been mad at me. is that just president obama sort of being rhetorical or is there unhappiness from yourself or some of your colleagues with the possibility that we may be looking at going from $250,000 to $400,000 in terms of whose taxes will get raised and whose won't? do you feel like he's represented house democrats' interests enough? >> well, chris, as the president played out in that clip you played, he proposed a so-called grand bargain that would include up to $1.2 trillion in revenue combined with $1.2 trillion in additional cuts. and as he said, that would have required democrats to make some very, very tough decisions, some decisions that democrats probably wouldn't like to make unless they were amended. but the overall point he was making was that he put that balanced proposal on the table, and speaker boehner walked away from that because he didn't think he could sell that kind of balanced plan to his own caucus. and we know from the fact that his own plan "b" that simply asked people making more than $1 million a year to put in a little bit
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